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Thursday
Nov152012

Waffle House Chairman Sex Tapes Impounded by Court

Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Georgia judge has seized sexual recordings of the Waffle House chairman accused of demanding sex from his former housekeeper.

Joe Rogers Jr.'s former housekeeper in Georgia has accused him of demanding that she perform sex acts on him as part of her duties over an eight-year period.

Rogers has admitted to an affair with the woman, but denies assault claims and says he is a victim of blackmail.

"I'm willing to stand here and be the victim of my own stupidity, but I don't want to be the victim of these crimes," Rogers told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV outside of court on Wednesday. "I'm disappointed in a lot of people. I've let a lot of folks down."

Rogers and attorneys for both parties made their first court appearance Wednesday. The Cobb County Superior Court judge ordered that an unknown number of DVDs be impounded because he said they were recorded by the housekeeper without Rogers' knowledge and could be damaging to him if they were leaked.

The woman, who ABC News is not identifying due to the sexual harassment allegations, filed an incident report with the Atlanta Police Department that detailed the alleged abuse.

She accused Rogers of forcing her to perform "various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the police report filed Sept. 28, 2012.

Rogers said in a statement that over a nearly eight-year period in which he was "separated, single and re-married," he had a "series of infrequent consensual encounters" with the woman.

"That was wrong of me and I am very sorry for the pain and embarrassment I've caused my wife and family," he said. "There is no excuse for what I have done."

Rogers said that the housekeeper worked for him from 2003 until 2008 when she was let go. He said that she re-applied for her job and was re-hired as his house manager in late 2009, working in that position until she resigned in June 2012.

"On July 16, 2012, I received a letter from her attorney containing false allegations and strong threats," Rogers said. "According to her attorneys, she now wants millions of dollars from me."

Rogers claimed that he shared a "threatening blackmail letter" with his wife and hired attorneys to investigate. He said he initiated court proceedings in September 2012 and that the housekeeper and her attorneys responded with false allegations and a false police report.

"As personally embarrassing as this situation is for me, I am committed to the legal and law enforcement process to expose the motives of my former housekeeper and her attorneys," he wrote.

The police report chronicled years of allegedly unwanted sexual contact in graphic details.

"As part of and as a condition of [victim's] employment, and against [victim's] will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress [victim] required [victim] to perform sexual services," the police report said.

The report was posted online by news website Patch.com's Acworth branch. The Atlanta Police Department confirmed the report to ABCNews.com.

The woman identified herself as a 43-year-old single mother with a high school education and technical college degree in cosmetology who "managed many of the day-to-day operations of Rogers' estate."

She said that she needed to keep the job to support herself and her son and could not find a job that paid a comparable salary. She said that in addition to being forced to perform sexual acts, she was required to purchase pornography, lingerie and sex toys for him. She said he touched her inappropriately and made sexual comments to her.

"Rogers treated [victim] as subservient and required [victim] to perform these various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the report. "Rogers' conduct toward [victim] was outrageous and offensive and caused [victim] to suffer humiliation, fear, embarrassment and severe emotional distress."

The woman said she quit her job this year as soon as her son was financially secure with a full college scholarship.

"On June 29, 2012 she sent Rogers a resignation letter informing him that she could no longer suffer the indignities and dehumanization of his actions," the police report said. "She placed the resignation letter in Defendant's sock drawer in an effort to spare Rogers' wife from pain and humiliation."

The woman's attorney David Cohen did not respond to request for comment.

Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner told ABCNews.com that the woman was Roger's former housekeeper and was not employed by Waffle House Inc. Warner also said that earlier this year, Rogers transitioned from Waffle House chairman and CEO to just chairman.

No charges have been filed against Rogers and police are investigating the matter.

The Waffle House chain was started in the 1950s by Rogers' father Joe Rogers, Sr. in Decatur, Ga., and has over 1,500 restaurants. It is privately held.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov152012

Waffle House Chairman Claims He Was Blackmailed by Housekeeper

Jim Stratford/ Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) -- The Waffle House chairman accused of demanding sex acts from his former housekeeper admits to a "series of infrequent consensual sexual encounters" with the woman, but claims he is a victim of blackmail.

"I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime -- extortion," Joe Rogers Jr. said in a statement.

Rogers' former housekeeper in Georgia has accused him of demanding that she perform sex acts on him as part of her job's duties over an eight-year period.

The woman, who ABC News is not identifying due to the sexual harassment allegations, filed an incident report with the Atlanta Police Department that detailed the alleged abuse.  She accused Rogers of forcing her to perform "various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the police report.

Rogers said that over a nearly eight-year period in which he was "separated, single and re-married," he had a "series of infrequent consensual encounters" with the woman.

"That was wrong of me and I am very sorry for the pain and embarrassment I've caused my wife and family," he said.  "There is no excuse for what I have done."

Rogers said that the housekeeper worked for him from 2003 until 2008 when she was let go.  He said that she re-applied for her job and was re-hired as his house manager in late 2009, working in that position until she resigned in June 2012.

"On July 16, 2012, I received a letter from her attorney containing false allegations and strong threats," Rogers said.  "According to her attorneys, she now wants millions of dollars from me."

Rogers claimed that he shared a "threatening blackmail letter" with his wife and hired attorneys to investigate.  He said he initiated court proceedings in September 2012 and that the housekeeper and her attorneys responded with false allegations and a false police report.

"As personally embarrassing as this situation is for me, I am committed to the legal and law enforcement process to expose the motives of my former housekeeper and her attorneys," he wrote.

The police report chronicled years of allegedly unwanted sexual contact and graphic details.

"As part of and as a condition of [victim's] employment, and against [victim's] will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress [victim] required [victim] to perform sexual services," the police report said.

The report was posted online by news website Patch.com's Acworth branch.  The Atlanta Police Department confirmed the report to ABC News.

The woman identified herself as a 43-year-old single mother with a high school education and technical college degree in cosmetology who "managed many of the day-to-day operations of Rogers' estate."

She said that she needed to keep the job to support herself and her son and could not find a job that paid a comparable salary.

She said that in addition to being forced to perform sexual acts, she was required to purchase pornography, lingerie and sex toys for him.  She said he touched her inappropriately and made sexual comments to her.

"Rogers treated [victim] as subservient and required [victim] to perform these various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the report.  "Rogers' conduct toward [victim] was outrageous and offensive and caused [victim] to suffer humiliation, fear, embarrassment and severe emotional distress."

The woman said she quit her job this year as soon as her son was financially secure with a full college scholarship.  Her attorney, David Cohen, did not respond to request for comment.

Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner told ABC News that the woman was Roger's former housekeeper and was not employed by Waffle House Inc.  Warner also said that earlier this year, Rogers transitioned from Waffle House chairman and CEO to just chairman.  He directed further questions to Roger's attorney Robert Ingram, who did not respond to request for comment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov092012

Waffle House Chairman Accused of Requiring Sex Acts

Jim Stratford/ Bloomberg News(ATLANTA) -- A Georgia woman is accusing the chairman of Waffle House, her employer, of demanding that she perform sex acts on him as part of her job's duties over a period of nearly 10 years.

The woman, who ABC News is not identifying due to the sexual harassment allegations, filed an incident report with the Atlanta Police Department that detailed the alleged abuse.

She accused Joseph Rogers Jr. of forcing her to perform "various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the police report.

The police report identified Rogers as "a man in his early sixties, who is very wealthy and has extensive holdings in restaurant enterprises and related entities valued at approximately $400 million."

"As part of and as a condition of [victim's] employment, and against [victim's] will, Rogers willfully, repeatedly and with specific intent to harm and oppress [victim] required [victim] to perform sexual services," the police report said.

The report was posted online by hyperlocal news website Patch.com's Acworth branch. The Atlanta Police Department confirmed the report to ABC News.

The woman alleged that she was a personal assistant to Rogers from 2003-2012. She said that in addition to being forced to perform sexual acts, she was required to purchase pornography, lingerie and sex toys for him. She said he touched her inappropriately and made sexual comments to her.

"Rogers treated [victim] as subservient and required [victim] to perform these various sexual acts on him as a condition of her employment," according to the report. "Rogers' conduct toward [victim] was outrageous and offensive and caused [victim] to suffer humiliation, fear, embarrassment and severe emotional distress."

She identified herself as a 43-year-old single mother with a high school education and technical college degree in cosmetology who "managed many of the day-to-day operations of Rogers' estate."

She said that she needed to keep the job to support herself and her son and could not find a job that paid a comparable salary.

The woman said she quit her job this year as soon as her son was financially secure with a full college scholarship.

"On June 29, 2012 she sent Rogers a resignation letter informing him that she could no longer suffer the indignities and dehumanization of his actions," the report said. "She placed the resignation letter in Defendant's sock drawer in an effort to spare Rogers' wife from pain and humiliation."

Neither the woman nor her attorney responded to phone and email requests for comment.

Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner told ABC News that the woman was Roger's former housekeeper and was not employed by Waffle House Inc. Warner also said that earlier this year, Rogers transitioned from Waffle House chairman and CEO to just chairman. He directed further questions to Roger's attorney Robert Ingram who did not respond to request for comment.

"This is a private matter for Joe Rogers and his family and doesn't involve Waffle House," Warner said.

No charges have been filed against Rogers and police are investigating the matter.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct302012

Hurricane Sandy: Waffle House Index Points Relief to Eastern Pennsylvania

Jim Stratford/ Bloomberg News(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) -- Two red, two yellow. What sounds like a child sorting Halloween hard candies this year doubles as something a bit more important to state and federal disaster-management officials: the Waffle House Index for Hurricane Sandy.

Two Waffle Houses near Allentown, Pa., were closed, and two in Maryland were open but serving a limited menu, according to Waffle House spokesperson Kelly Thrasher. All were without electricity; the open ones had gas and water.

Thrasher summarized the Index: when an official phones a Waffle House and the restaurant is open and serving the full menu, the index is Green. When the restaurant is open but serving a limited menu, it’s yellow. When it’s closed, it’s red.

Federal Emergency Management Administration head Craig Fugate devised the index after leading Florida’s response to several hurricanes in the 2000s. Based on the 24-hour restaurant chain’s hardy reputation and presence across the Southeast, it is an informal yet handy way to assess an area’s post-calamity condition.

This allows officials to do quick disaster-relief triage: red areas need help first, and fast.

Thrasher said Hurricane Isaac closed 40 restaurants on the gulf coast for a few days. She attributed the difference between this and Sandy to the chain’s high concentration of restaurants in the gulf area. Their restaurants in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are fewer and more spread out.

Unfortunately, there are no Waffle Houses in New Jersey or New York.

The company was “definitely proactive” before Sandy hit, Thrasher said. They tracked the storm all last week and sent an advance team pre-landfall with extra supplies and employees.

The Waffle House Index even has its own Twitter hashtag. “How can the severity of Sandy be measured? The northern most WaffleHouse is in Ohio. #WaffleHouseIndex,” a Twitter user [@rkeni2] tweeted Monday.

Thrasher called the attention “very flattering,” but added: “This is what we do all the time: to be there for our customers and associates on an everyday basis.”

A call to FEMA went unreturned. Perhaps they were busy calling Waffle House.

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